Movie review: Point Break

The certainty is that we will all die. The only question is how. Taking this as a life philosophy for extreme challenges and definitely donning your 3D specs, hold on tight to surf the big wave, free climb or smash through a skyscraper’s plate glass window on a motorbike.

What makes your life worth living? Being careful or reckless? How do you stay on the edge, what about diving off Angel Falls or soaring on a snowboard on the most dangerous of peaks in the Austrian Tirol or Italian Alps? Or should you just stick to watching Ski Sunday? You choose.

  
With great cinematography, Point Break is really astonishing in 3D. Just focus on the stunts and don’t think back to the original cult movie.

Not a remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 bromance surf classic with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, but a ‘re-visioning’ for the 21st century, according to Invincible director, Ericson Core, this new version will find it hard to win over the little place in your heart still occupied by Keanu and Patrick, but Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez work hard at their task.
As with the original, Johnny Utah (Oz actor Bracey) is a young FBI agent. He infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of sophisticated corporate heists.

From a champion biking background, Utah then goes deep undercover, also embracing the louche lifestyle, but putting his life in constant danger to second guess the next Ozaki Eight spiritual challenge. He battles to prove these athletes are the Robin Hood-type architects of the colossal crimes devastating the world’s financial markets.

But the adrenaline junkies aren’t just taking, they are giving back to the poor and to the ravaged earth, according to Bodhi, an enigmatic Ramirez. Utah is aided by Ray Winstone, comically coasting along as veteran FBI agent Angelo Pappas – not his finest moment.

Packed tight with stoner philosophy, surfers, snowboarders and party people, it may see you speeding to the ski slopes, but more likely just heading for the hills.

Come back Keanu and light a candle for Patrick too, dude.

by Liz Kennedy
Point Break (114 mins) is a 12A certificate.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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